Program history

Animal Balance has a long and rich history implementing comprehensive, humane population management programs. Our story began on the Galapagos Islands back in 2004 and has taken us to many islands around the world. Read below for more information on EVERYWHERE that Animal Balance has traveled over the past 16 years! 

The Galapagos


In 2004, Animal Balance joined forces with the Galapagos National Park Service, the Municipality and the community to establish a humane animal management program to protect ALL species of the islands.​

Dominican Republic

Since 2007, Animal Balance has been organizing high-volume sterilization clinics on the North Coast of the DR, in and around the town and beaches of Cabrera. A group of Dominican Veterinarians visited our clinics in 2010. Inspired by her visit, Dr. Lourdes Ripley founded Pets Breeding Control, a Dominican NGO focused on organizing MASH clinics.

The Bahamas

Operation Potcake may have been the largest street dog TNR project ever undertaken. We led a coalition of the local animal welfare organizations, consisting of; The Bahamas Humane Society (BHS), Bahamas Alliance for Animal Rights and Kindness (Baark!), The Veterinary Medical Association of the Bahamas (VMAB), The Department of Agriculture, Animals Require Kindness Association (ARK), The Pink Potcake, and Proud Paws.

American Samoa

2009, 2010 & 2012
In 2009, Animal Balance organized a feasibility assessment in American Samoa and returned to hold MASH campaigns in 2009, 2010 and 2012. Inspired by Animal Balance's MASH clinics, 2 community members created and NGO to focus on humane population reduction; Alofa Mo Meaola or Love for All Animals. 


2013 & 2016
In 2011, Animal Balance conducted a feasibility assessment in the city of Havana, Cuba in partnership with The Spanky Project. We discovered that the conditions were favorable for a sterilization campaign. In 2013, we held a training for Trap Neuter and Return (TNR) and in February 2016 we returned to hold a MASH training clinic with the Department of the Historian and the Veterinary School of Havana.

Cape Verde

In 2013, Animal Balance received word that an American woman in Cape Verde, Mrs. Judith Kizell Brans, was actively seeking help for the suffering dogs in the archipelago.  A month before she passed away, Judith kindly put Animal Balance in touch with Claudia Fernandez, who took over the coordination of the operation.


In 2014 the Humane Society International (HSI) signed an agreement with Animal Balance to conduct a high volume sterilization clinic in conjunction with the Saipan Mayor’s Office who manage dog control on the island.  We worked with HSI to create a targeted high-volume community based sterilization program called Op-Sai.


In April 2016, Animal Balance held a targeted TNR and MASH demonstration clinic for dogs, with the Aruban animal welfare non-profit organizations and the Aruban government. Cunucu is the local name given to street dogs, hence Operation Cunucu!
The mission of Animal Balance is to collaborate with communities in need to create sustainable animal management programs to prevent suffering and ignite social change.
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